9th April 2016

Guernsey hosts its first Parkrun at Pembroke

Parkrun, the international fitness phenomenon, reached Guernsey on 9 April 2016.

Wherever it takes place, every Parkrun event is a 5km Saturday morning run. Guernsey’s own course is probably one of the most picturesque. Centred on Pembroke, it takes in the common and coastal footpaths, and expansive sea views.

Guernsey Parkrun course

Runners complete two laps of the course to make up the full length. They start roughly in line with the rocks that mark the mid-point of Pembroke Bay. From there, they run east towards La Fontenelle. They turn a loop around the German bunkers south of the shooting range before retracing their steps around the back of the bay. Marshals posted at key locations around the course ensure nobody gets lost.

Guernsey’s local runners were joined by Parkrun visitors from the mainland. In total, 102 participants gathered at the start line. Visitor Clayton Barrett from Medway completed the course in the shortest time. He crossed the finish line just three seconds shy of 19 minutes.

Fuller results on the Parkrun blog showed the fastest runner from Guernsey to be James Priest, who was just 39 seconds behind Clayton Barrett. The fastest female runner, Nicola Smith, completed the course in 24 minutes and 54 seconds.

Logical, fair grading

Parkrun times are converted to percentages that takes the runners’ ages into account. By calculating how each runner compares with a world record holder of their age, rather than against other runners in the same event, it’s possible to give everyone a comparable grade.

Thus, a 30-year-old runner whose performance reaches 70% of that expected of a world record holder of the same age would receive a comparatively lower score than a 50-year-old whose performance was 80% of that expected of a 50-year-old world record holder. The 50-year-old would still appear to have done better, even if they took longer to complete the course than the 30-year-old participant.

It’s therefore possible for all ages to run side by side, and compete for personal best times.


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Other events that occured in April

Guernsey’s first female murderer goes on trial 1st
A French fisherman is arrested and escorted to St Peter Port 2nd
Guernsey’s new population law comes into force 3rd
Guernsey’s oldest resident dies, aged 110 4th
An occupation-era minefield is discovered at L’Ancresse 5th
Birth of Stone de Croze, the original Guernseyman 6th
The first ever Guernsey stamp is issued 7th
Antiquarian William Collings Lukis was born 8th
Guernsey hosts its first Parkrun at Pembroke 9th
Alderney residents lined the coast to watch Titanic pass 10th
Norfolk pupils spend a week in Guernsey 11th
A plane hit a car while landing at Guernsey Airport 12th
Battery Mirus was test fired for the first time 13th
Royal Guernsey Light Infantry fights at Ypres 14th
Guernsey Mormon Sampson Avard dies in Illinois 15th
Lieutenant Governor, Lord Ruthven, died in Bath 16th
Death of the Vicar General of the Channel Islands 17th
TV’s Jeeves is rushed to hospital on Guernsey 18th
Guernsey Airport’s new terminal opened for business 19th
Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie film opened 20th
Death of Guernsey-born footballer Len Duquemin
Three Jewish women are deported from Guernsey 21st
Guernsey bigamist got married for the second time 22nd
Aurigny pilot Ray Bowyer spots a UFO near Alderney 23rd
The States of Guernsey registers the gov.gg domain 24th
Guernsey-set film The Sea Devils hits cinemas 25th
Hydrofoil Condor 1 completed its final sea trials 26th
The first Muratti football match takes place 27th
Guernsey passengers stage a ferry sit-in 28th
Guernsey abolishes the death penalty for murder 29th
Finishing touches put to new hospital 30th
Murder suspects steal visitor’s boat from St Peter Port